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If XVS needs to delete keys under HKCU\Software\Xamarin during uninstall, it should explicitly remove only the subkeys it owns. Nuking the whole HKCU\Software\Xamarin key is dirty behavior.
Fixed in version 220.127.116.117 (cycle9)
Author: Sandy Armstrong
Commit: 11529ca5e668e19c1c66527203914143bb07bda0 (xamarin/inspector-ide-integration)
Included in Commit: aabc3436fece167027d9f1fdfd859b9c238b56b4 (xamarin/XamarinVS)
I think this automatically got marked as fixed because it was referenced in a commit.
The commit only works around the issue.
Fixed in version 18.104.22.1686 (master)
Commit: 7f2db81603ef0ce269bf0876db374faea6a74e39 (xamarin/XamarinVS)
Fixed in version 22.214.171.1247 (cycle9)
Commit: 8a163b525984963e5dbd507298a3249c03aa51bc (xamarin/XamarinVS)
I have checked this issue with steps given in bug description and observed that it is working fine. HKCU\Software\Xamarin\Inspector still exists after follow the complete steps give in bug description.
1. Install Workbooks XamarinInteractive-126.96.36.1990_a43c46b2c492a38ca99c04bb7c1f0cd38f137e60
2. Verify that HKCU\Software\Xamarin\Inspector exists.
3. Install VS2017 RC, select Xamarin workload (installs XVS 188.8.131.524)
4. Verify that HKCU\Software\Xamarin\Inspector exists, still.
5. Upgrade to XVS like 184.108.40.2061.
Environment info: https://gist.github.com/NaqeebAnsari/36b8e41186a32e49eef66c83879d5a05
Hence closing this issue.